Wednesday, August 13, 2008

In search of an ultimate zucchini bread...

I have a few go-to recipes for banana bread, but I don't have zucchini bread recipes I really love. Since I'm overloaded with zucchini from my CSA bag, now is the time to find my ultimate recipe. I'd like it to be dense, moist, and nutty. Healthy would be good, too.

I've tried some recipes for zucchini bread that call for squeezing moisture out of the zucchini, but I don't like the texture of the zucchini in those recipes. I'd prefer using the moisture in the zucchini to make a nice moist bread.

This recipe was pretty good. It wasn't quite what I was looking for, though. I'd like something that was moister and denser, and perhaps had less sugar and oil. I kept one loaf and gave one to a friend, who raved about it. My older son liked it so much, that I had to snatch a few pieces for photographing! Oh, and Charlie liked it too.

Zucchini Bread

3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
2 cups grated zucchini (I shredded it)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Turbinado sugar, optional, for topping

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour two 8x4 inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and frothy. Mix in oil and sugar. Stir in zucchini and vanilla.

Combine flours, cinnamon, soda, baking powder, salt and nuts; stir into the egg mixture. Divide batter into prepared pans. If desired, sprinkle with turbinado sugar to give it a crunchy topping.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

6 comments:

Emiline said...

Charlie...what a sweetie.

I love zucchini bread. I've been meaning to bake some.

Veronica said...

What a good dog! What is that you do to keep Charlie from lunging at the food long enough to take a picture...my Duffy wouldn't last a minute.

Tracy said...

Emiline, Charlie says thanks. I'll be checking your blog for a better recipe than this one.

Veronica, I don't pose Charlie. When the food and camera come out, there he is. There's white fluff in a great many of my food photos -- sometimes just a tail or an ear.

Prudy said...

Hi Charlie. I love zuke bread and try a different one each year.

Erika said...

My zucchini bread recipe is very similar to the one here. I take out half the oil called for though and sub in half the applesauce. I still get the flavor from having the oil without the heaviness.

I also have a chocolate zucchini bread that's really good- more like cake but really tasty when you want something different.
http://tummytreasure.com/archive/?p=94

Bob said...

Now you have me searching for a recipe that I had for Zucchini Bread that incorporated applesauce. I made it last year and it was great!

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